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FSL Grape Doily

FSL Grape Doily is a set of 3 Freestanding Lace Machine Embroidery Designs.
The parts of the FSL Grape Doily are embroidered in the same way as ornaments, so the General Guidelines on Embroidering FSL might be helpful.

FSL Grape Doily image 1

Some points to remember from the General Guidelines:
Use Vilene water soluble stabilizer;
Use the same thread for the upper and bobbin to get two-sided embroidery.
DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.

Here are instructions on how to make the doily using the FSL Grape Doily set.
You will need Vilene water soluble stabilizer, and embroidery threads.
The diameter of the finished doily is about 15".

FSL Grape Doily image 2

Step One: The doily consists of four sections. To make one section, you'll have to embroider the corner design, its mirror image, and both central parts - a leaf and grapes. So for this doily, embroider:
corner design twice
mirror image of the corner twice
leaf - four times
grapes - four times
Use 2 layers of Vilene-type water-soluble stabilizer. To get 2-sided embroidery, use the thread of the same color for both the needle and bobbin.
Rinse the stabilizer and leave to air dry.

Impotant Note: It's very important to use as small a hoop as possible. E.g. if your design is for a small hoop, use the small hoop, not the large one; if your design is for a large hoop, use large, not mega. Do not try to embroider several freestanding lace designs in one hoop. This is because all water-soluble stabilizers stretch, and in a bigger hoop, it's going to stretch more. This can lead to the design falling apart after the stabilizer is dissolved. It's always better to embroider one part at a time.

FSL Grape Doily image 3

Step Two: Press all parts with steam. On your working table, lay out the designs as shown on the above picture. Thread a needle with the same thread that you used for the embroidery and sew together the parts in the places where the parts touch each other (shown in red). You will get one section of the doily. This has to be done manually.

Step Three: Place all four sections together and, using the same thread that you used for the embroidery, sew all four sections together.

FSL Grape Doily image 4

The doily is ready. Enjoy!

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